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  • The Epistle of James advises: "Confess your sins to one another, that you may be healed."
  • The king read the letter, which he supposed was a loving and tender epistle La Valliere had destined for him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Yet his epistolary style, Sophie had observed, though workable and certainly not illiterate, fell often into clumsy, semi-opaque labyrinthine periods; it had the prosy, crippled rhythms of a man who was Army-educated, a perennial adjutant.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …was "staying with," letters detailing exhaustively what I ate and drank and wore and watched on television, what books I read, what games I played, what movies I saw, things the Barbours did and said and things Dad and Xandra did and said—these epistles (dated and signed, in a careful hand, ready to be torn out of the notebook and mailed) alternating with miserable bursts of I Hate Everyone and I Wish I was Dead, months grinding by with a disjointed scribble or two, B’s house, haven’t…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • He, whoever he may be, is aware of my friendship for Lady Constance-and is familiar with her epistolary style.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "What a woman—oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this epistle.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The most strident criticism came in the form of a dense, mul-tipage epistle from Ambler, a tiny Inupiat village on the Kobuk River north of the Arctic Circle.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • (I was upstairs doing the dishes!) Poor Pim, I might have known what the effect of such an epistle would be.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The next morning he saw Albert pass and repass, holding an enormous bouquet, which he doubtless meant to make the bearer of his amorous epistle.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • No; so I yesterday addressed another epistle to her, still more pressing than the first.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • No wonder that letters addressed to people here had never received an answer: as well despatch epistles to a vault in a church aisle.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • With an alphabet on the hearth at my feet for reference, I contrived in an hour or two to print and smear this epistle:— "MI DEER JO i OPE U R KR WITE WELL i OPE i SHAL SON B HABELL 4 2 TEEDGE U JO AN THEN WE SHORL B SO GLODD AN WEN i M PRENGTD 2 U JO WOT LARX AN BLEVE ME INF XN PIP."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Dear Mrs. O’Brien, Inasmuch as you have not succumbed to the imminence of litigation in our previous epistle be advised that we are in consultation with our barrister above in Dublin.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Black candles rise from its gospel and epistle horns.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A few screens down, a familiar-sounding noun appears: "epistle."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She sprang at her precious epistles, but I hold them above my head; and then she poured out further frantic entreaties that I would burn them — do anything rather than show them.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • So far it was easy to recognize the tone—from "Daddy-Long-Legs" and "Molly-Make-Believe," sprightly and sentimental epistolary collections enjoying a vogue in the States.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • When Briggs had read the epistle out, her patroness laughed more.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • On the way, Sor Asuncion read us the epistle, which is what she called the rules we were to observe.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Paul’s preaching and guidance for the Christians is known to us from the many epistles written by him to the early Christian congregations.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • They compose an ardent epistle, a declaration in fact, and they carry the letter upstairs themselves, so as to elucidate whatever might appear not perfectly intelligible in the letter.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • His first thought was of some dark menace from abroad; then he reflected that he did not know her epistolary style, and that it might run to picturesque exaggeration.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I will drop in his way some obscure epistles of love; wherein, by the colour of his beard, the shape of his leg, the manner of his gait, the expressure of his eye, forehead, and complexion, he shall find himself most feelingly personated.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • These passages soon began to uncover the secret which Lucetta had so earnestly hoped to keep buried, though the epistles, being allusive only, did not make it altogether plain.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The substance of the epistle had occupied him but little in comparison with the fact of its arrival.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Morris replied with a passionate epistle, in which he asked to what, in Heaven’s name, she wished to make up her mind.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • My aunt had written her one of the odd, abrupt notes — very little longer than a Bank note — to which her epistolary efforts were usually limited.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This epistle, for three or four days past, had been in the pocket of the penny-postman, who, happening to have no other business in Pyncheon Street, had not yet made it convenient to call at the House of the Seven Gables.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I vow it must have been your lady love’s last cruel epistle you were trying to destroy.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I’ve an amazin’ epistle from your friend.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • I shall have matured my epistolary style.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Among the Greeks, barbers’ news was a proverbial expression; and Horace, in one of his epistles, makes honourable mention of the Roman barbers in the same light.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It was in this stage of the correspondence that her mother had recourse to the plan of copying her own epistles.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • For though Lady Bertram rather shone in the epistolary line, having early in her marriage, from the want of other employment, and the circumstance of Sir Thomas’s being in Parliament, got into the way of making and keeping correspondents, and formed for herself a very creditable, common-place, amplifying style, so that a very little matter was enough for her: she could not do entirely without any; she must have something to write about, even to her niece; and being so soon to lose all…
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A profound silence succeeded to the reading of this choice epistle, during which Newman Noggs, as he folded it up, gazed with a kind of grotesque pity at the boy of desperate character therein referred to; who, having no more distinct perception of the matter in hand, than that he had been the unfortunate cause of heaping trouble and falsehood upon Nicholas, sat mute and dispirited, with a most woe-begone and heart-stricken look.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There now—the epistle is finished.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • I shall have matured my epistolary style.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • This epistle inclosed a letter to Stewart from his sister.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • And so we relearn the lesson every generation and then want to write epistles.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "Affectation is as disagreeable in a letter as in conversation," he once told Abigail, in explanation of his views on "epistolary style," and the same principle applied to making a speech.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Wherefore, this epistle is not so properly addressed to you as a religious, but as a political body, dabbling in matters, which the professed Quietude of your Principles instruct you not to meddle with.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • ’I kiss the hands of Madame F.’ When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam’s feet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He went home, and feeling rather tired—nursing a vengeance was, it must be confessed, a rather fatiguing process; it took a good deal out of one—flung himself into one of his brocaded fauteuils, stretched his legs, thrust his hands into his pockets, and, while he watched the reflected sunset fading from the ornate house-tops on the opposite side of the Boulevard, began mentally to compose a cool epistle to Madame de Bellegarde.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He thought of the collects and epistles which he had been made to learn by heart, and the long services at the Cathedral through which he had sat when every limb itched with the desire for movement; and he remembered those walks at night through muddy roads to the parish church at Blackstable, and the coldness of that bleak building; he sat with his feet like ice, his fingers numb and heavy, and all around was the sickly odour of pomatum.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Let us rather read the Epistles and Gospels.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ; then the Epistle of ~Superspecula~, of Honorius III.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Mami scolded them all and continued The Epistle.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • DEDICATORY EPISTLE TO THE REV. DR DRYASDUST, F.A.S. Residing in the Castle-Gate, York.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I took the book again, opened it in another place and showed him the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter x. verse 31.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Edicts, Constitutions, and Epistles Of The Prince, that is, of the Emperour; because the whole power of the people was in him.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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